KIKULETWA HOTSPRINGS AND MAASAI VILLAGE DAY TRIP, TANZANIA
Combine your relaxing visit to the Kikuletwa Hotsprings with a few hours in a real Maasai village. Not one of those that has been built specifically for tourists, but a village where people actually live their everyday life.
This tour is a full-day tour, and we’ll pick you up at your accommodation in Moshi around 8 am. Just like the standard Kikuletwa hot springs package, you’ll drive through fields of flowers (depending on the season) and sugar cane and bushland with acacia trees and dried up river beds.
Our first stop is the Maasai village, where you’ll get the chance to meet the villagers and take part in their every day routines. You’ll get to visit one of their houses, speak some Kimaasai, learn about their medicine, and who knows, they might even let you milk one of their cows!
Around noon, we leave the village and continue towards the hot springs, where we’ll start with lunch. After this you have until 4 pm to do whatever it is that you like.
ADD SOME EXTRAS TO MAKE IT EVEN MORE SPECIAL
- Get even more relaxed with a massage. Different packages are available, with prices starting at 20 USD pp.
- You have something to celebrate? We can organize different lunch and dinner options for you and your friends. A barbecue, a romantic candle-light dinner, a special drinks night… it’s all possible.
- Camping. Most other tourists leave in the late afternoon, so you’ll get the place (almost) all to yourself. Enjoy the silence, light a campfire, and make the fun last a little bit longer. We’ll drive you back to Moshi the next morning.
HOW ‘AUTHENTIC’ IS THIS EXPERIENCE?
Due to the proximity to Moshi, one of the main tourist places in Tanzania, the Maasai village that we take you to as well as any other Maasai village in the area might not match a certain idea of secluded traditional villages with no access to any ‘modern’ facilities. It’s a ‘real’ Maasai village, where people actually live, but you will definitely not be the first foreigner to visit. The people you’ll meet in the village are used to welcoming tourists and have a relatively modern lifestyle compared to Maasai populations in certain other areas. They purposely open up their village to tourists in order to gain some much needed money to maintain the village and support its people.
These people have phones and access to the internet. They know what is going on in the world and they might even spend their time off in a bar in Moshi, dressed in ‘normal’ clothes. They don’t live like Maasai in very secluded areas or like Maasai from 100 years ago. But that doesn’t make them less authentic. They’ve evolved as any other ethnic group would evolve and they are just as interested in staying connected to the world as you and us. But they are still real, authentic Maasai. And they have traditions and rituals that are probably very different from yours, and that’s what makes this visit so interesting!
It’s also important to realize that you’ll only be spending a few hours in this village, and that this is far from being enough if you want to gain a deeper insight into their culture and a better understanding of how they actually live. And because it’s such a short visit, they’ll do whatever they can to show you as much as possible, which might feel a bit fake or touristy. And of course it’s a bit fake… because they don’t normally do all these things that they show you in such a short time frame, but it is their way of sharing as much as they can with you.
If you’re looking for a more in-depth experience, we have other options. You can stay in this village overnight and spend more time there. This way you’ll get more time to simply sit down with some of the villagers and talk, participate in some of their daily activities, ask questions and share stories. Or we can bring you to another village, that’s much more secluded and quite a bit more ‘traditional’ due to its location far from any cities or the most visited tourist places. Any village that matches this description would be far from Moshi though, so this experience is only possible as a package of several days, either starting from Moshi or from the safari parks in the north of Tanzania. We’ll be adding both options to this website shortly, but please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about them in the mean time!
OUR OFFER – PRICES AND SERVICES
Prices for the standard tour (without extras) depend on the size of your group and are as follows:
- 1 person: 170 USD per person
- 2 people: 110 USD per person
- 3 people: 90 USD per person
- 4-5 people: 75 USD per person
- 6-7 people: 65 USD per person
Please contact us for different group sizes or groups including children, as well as if you wish to add some of the extras that are mentioned above.
- Private transport from your accommodation in Moshi to the Maasai village and the Hot Springs and back, English speaking driver
- Contribution for the Maasai village
- Entrance fee to the Hot Springs
- Picnic lunch at the Hot Springs
- Bottled water
In Tanzania, a tip is expected after your participation in a tourist activity. This tip is not included in your package. The recommended amount for a tour guide is 20-25 USD per day if you’re satisfied, to be divided by all your group members. As we pay a lot of attention to creating good working conditions for all our crew members and making sure they get paid according to guidelines from organizations that defend their rights, we kindly request you to respect this amount for any trip. Thank you!
So, not sure what to do in Moshi in the next couple of days? Send us a message and we’ll make sure you have an amazing time!